The first part of the Europe trip I was either jet-lagged and/or sick, a state that I think came through all too well in my post about London (Walking in my Protagonist’s Shoes).The second part of the trip I wasn’t in such bad shape. I was on the upside of the cold and, although I was heading into a sinus infection, I was a bit more coherent. That part of the trip we spent in Dublin. What’s not to like about Dublin? You go out sightseeing around town and it goes pretty much like this. Sing with me if you know it!
A church and a pub and a church and a church and a pub and a pub and a pub.
That’s not really an Irish Ditty, but it should be. (Oddly, some pubs got blurrier as the day went on.)
Proper Irish breakfast for the next morning.
I don’t have any stories set in Ireland yet, but there was plenty of inspiration to be found, including some fantastic old castles and ruins.
One of my favorite stops was the Trinity Library because…
Books! Lots of books with lots of history woven into their dusty old pages. The best was the Book of Kells and its companions (of which I was not allowed to take pictures). This book is amazing both for the art and labor that went into its creation and for the efforts that went into keeping it safe (also, there is a great little animated movie that the book features in called The Secret of the Kells).
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMPhHTtKZ8Q] We also made it out to Knowth and Newgrange, two of the largest of many burial mounds originally constructed around 3200BC and around which there is still much mystery. Getting to walk inside Newgrange was truly an opportunity to walk into history (yeah, that sounds corny, but it’s so very true).
As I was looking at these magnificent structures, a new story idea came into my head of… Oh, sorry, no spoilers. ;-)
To wrap up, I wanted to share a little clip of live music from one of the pubs in Dublin because you always wrap up at a pub.
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